- 1probably going to happen or be true
- 2having a high probability of occurring or being true
Using likely: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "likely" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
It's likely that it will rain tomorrow.
She is the likely candidate for the job.
The team is likely to win the game.
It's not likely that he will come back.
likely Synonyms and Antonyms
Phrases with likely
The most likely scenario is that we will finish the project by next week.
He said he was sick, but I think it's a likely story.
As likely as not, he will be late for the meeting.
Origins of likely
from Old Norse 'līkligr', meaning 'like, similar'
Summary: likely in Brief
The term 'likely' [ˈlaɪkli] refers to something that is probably going to happen or be true, with a high probability of occurrence. It can be used to describe a person as the most probable candidate for a job or a team as the expected winner of a game. Phrases like 'most likely' and 'as likely as not' denote the probability of an event, while 'likely story' implies disbelief in a statement or excuse.